Updated: 04 May 2021 22:58 I S
Islamabad [Pakistan], May 4 (ANI): General Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday accepted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Miftah Ismail |application to get back votes on the NA-249 Karachi by-election.
The ECP directed leaders of political parties that have contested the by-election to reach the returning officers (RO) office at 9 a.m. on May 06 for a recount, Dawn reported.
PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz welcomed Ismail’s request.
“Glad to know that PMLN’s request for vote recount in NA-249 has been accepted. Narrow differences in votes from top contestants necessitate this in the interests of transparency. Vote credibility is a definite foundation of democracy,” he tweeted.
Even, Pakistan The People’s Party (PPP), whose candidate Qadir Khan Mandokhail won the NA-249 poll, welcomed the ECP’s move.
“PPP welcomes new precedent by allowing recounts consistently without any specific ps complaints. Many seats from 2018 are within the 5% threshold & candidates have not been given this opportunity. Once the ECP order is out, PPP will consider going to the ECP for recalculation in all those chairs. chairs, “said PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Twitter.
Ismail’s lawyers said during today’s trial that the signatures of the chairmen of 167 polling stations were missing from the form, while urging the ECP to investigate “irregularities” in the April 29 by-election, Dawn reported.
PPP’s lawyer, Lateef Khosa, argued that PML-N there were no objections of any kind during the vote on April 29. “It is not enough to say there were deviations. It is necessary to identify where and what deviations occurred,” he said.
Mandokhail has won on Election on the sidelines NA-249 in Karachi by a margin of 16,156 votes, according to preliminary results released Friday morning.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Miftah Ismail | came in second with 15,473 votes, followed by the recently banned candidate from Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Mufti Nazeer Ahmed Kamalvi, who got 11,125 votes, Dawn reported citing unofficial results.
Chairman of the Pak Sarzameen (PSP) Party Syed Mustafa Kamal was fourth with 9,227 votes, followed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Amjad Afridi with 8,922 votes.
The NA-249 seat has been vacant after PTI’s Faisal Vawda resigned over the dual citizenship controversy and became a senator.
The election comes after the ruling PTI in Imran Khan ran into disruption when candidate Ali Asjad Malhi lost the NA-75 seat contested in Daska. PML-NNosheen Iftikhar earlier this month. (ANI)